Emirates lays on flavourful fare for Onam

An Onam feast served on Emirates flights.
Photo Credit: Emirates
By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
5 Min Read

Emirates Airlines is set to immerse passengers in the vibrant and flavourful celebration of Kerala’s harvest season, known as Onam.
Onam is the ten-day harvest festival celebrated predominantly by the Hindus of Kerala, India. It is the most important festival in Kerala and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by people of all communities. The festival is a time for feasting, dancing, and merrymaking.

From August 20 to 31, 2023, travelers flying to and from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai can indulge in a tantalizing array of authentic Onam dishes, paired with an extensive selection of Malayalam movies for in-flight entertainment.

Photo Credit: Yugaljoshi, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Essence of Onam


Emirates Airlines is renowned for its commitment to providing diverse cultural experiences to its passengers, and Onam is no exception.

During this limited-time celebration, passengers on the 14 times weekly Emirates flight to Kochi and the 7 times weekly Emirates flight to Thiruvananthapuram will be treated to an exclusive menu that captures the essence of Onam’s rich culinary heritage.

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Delightful Onam Delicacies


Passengers can anticipate a burst of flavors as they savor traditional Onam delicacies onboard. The journey begins with appetizers that include sharkara upperi – sweet jaggery-roasted bananas, kaya varuthathu – crispy banana chips, and kondattam mulaku – fried sundried chillies soaked in yogurt.

Accompanying these appetizers are flavorful dips, such as kaalan made from coconut, fresh yogurt, and yam, cucumber pachadi – a garnished salad, and puli inji – a tangy ginger-based chutney.

First and Business Class passengers will be treated to the additional delights of Kerala-style pappadam and mango pickle.

Main Courses


The main courses promise to transport passengers to the heart of Kerala’s culinary landscape. Diners can choose between alleppey kozhi curry – spiced chicken in creamy coconut sauce, served with avial, chemba rice, and cabbage carrot thoran, or opt for the vegetarian sadhya – a medley of sambar and kootu paired with matta rice and carrot pea thoran.

For those seeking non-vegetarian options, there’s the aromatic spiced chicken sukha, paired with steamed rice, carrot pea thoran, and vegetable kootu.

Mutton enthusiasts can relish the mutton sukha with chemba rice, erissery, and bean thoran. First Class passengers have the added privilege of savoring mutton pepper fry – a tantalizing choice.

Sweet Culmination


No celebration is complete without desserts, and Onam’s favorites take center stage. Passengers can indulge in palada pradhaman, a creamy rice pudding adorned with roasted pistachios, raisins, and cashew nuts, or savor the beloved parippu payasam – a sweet lentil pudding topped with toasted coconut flakes.

To complete the authenticity of the dining experience, all meals will be served on banana leaf dish liners, a nod to the traditional serving style of sadhya.

Movies and More


Emirates Airlines goes the extra mile to ensure passengers are entertained throughout the journey. More than 6,500 channels of entertainment are at passengers’ fingertips through Emirates’ award-winning ice system.

With a selection of over 45 Academy Award® winning films, 2,000 movies, 650 TV shows, and 4,000 hours of music, podcasts, and audiobooks spanning 40 languages, travelers are spoilt for choice.

Notably, 18 Malayalam movies, including acclaimed titles like Ela Veezha Poonchira, Hridayam, Bro Daddy, and 12th Man, are currently available on ice.

Celebrating Culture Through Cuisine


Emirates Airlines takes immense pride in embracing global cultures and delivering exceptional inflight experiences.

From Onam to Diwali, Eid, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Oktoberfest, and Easter, the airline celebrates an array of festivals, creating thoughtful and culturally enriching moments for its diverse travelers.

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